sparky wrote:Key fob >$200.
Yes, I am aware of how expensive key fobs are, and frankly I do think it's more of a case of them being able to get away with charging that much rather than how much the technology actually costs in the volumes we are talking about. Nonetheless, would gladly take the risk of losing/damaging a $200 key fob rather than having to rely on a free phone app. Seriously.
sparky wrote:The phone has to be pretty close before the Model 3 unlocks. Around 4-5 meters it seems. But I have unlocked it from my kitchen which is closest room to my my detached garage. This is also a problem with key fobs.
4-5 meters is pretty far really! In my house my office is right through the wall from where the Model 3 would be parked. Sitting in that room I would probably only be 6-8 feet from the door, although granted there is a wall there. My fear is that the Model 3 would be locking/unlocking as my phone goes in and out of range while I'm sitting in that room.
On the LEAF and Volt you literally have to be standing right next to the door to unlock it. So if this a typical problem with keyfobs, Nissan and GM have solved it in my opinion. So why can't Tesla just do what they did?
sparky wrote:With the phone-key app and Model 3, this is prevented by just closing the app.
And then I suppose you have to re-start the app to get it working again? Not to sound lazy, but it's those types of additional steps I am looking to avoid. I certainly have become spoiled with being able to simply walk up to the car and hitting the unlock (or lock) button. Granted, I see how a phone based approach COULD be superior in even the button press is not needed. I'm just concerned about the reliability of that happening and only happening when you want it to.
Sounds like time for a new phone
Agreed, and I did just get a new phone to replace the piece of crap phone (from a very reputable name brand, and only 2 years old!) in anticipation of having to use it as a key.